An update on the national school funding formula

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A number of school head teachers have been working closely with me in recent weeks on the issue of school funding and I thought it helpful to provide an update. The first point to make is that the government consultation on school funding only closed this week and so no final decisions have been made. …

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NAO confirms it will now investigate Cambridgeshire funding body – as the LEP’s own response descends into farce

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Sir Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office (NAO), has confirmed in a letter to me that the NAO will now investigate the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) following the concerns I raised over its governance and value for money. The NAO has further confirmed that the Department …

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Requesting a National Audit Office investigation into the LEP following new conflict of interests concerns

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I have written in my capacity as the Member of Parliament for North East Cambridgeshire to the Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office, Sir Amyas Morse, asking for an investigation to be launched into the governance of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Cambridge City Deal. I …

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LEP Chair and Chief Executive blame top Cambridgeshire County Council official for Wisbech Rail delays

The beleaguered Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Chairman Mark Reeve and Chief Executive Neil Darwin have made damning allegations against Cambridgeshire County Council over the lack of progress on Wisbech Rail. The LEP allege that the County Council ignored the LEP on Wisbech Rail for over a year, however they managed to …

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Government announces £37.62 million of new funding for Cambridgeshire transport, skills, and housing – including £2.7 million for an Enterprise Zone “in the north of the county in areas such as Fenland”

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Just after noon today the Government announced a further £37.62 million of funding for the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough (LEP) area, including an Enterprise Zone which it stated should be in the north of the county. The press note goes even further, adding to “the north in areas such as Fenland”. This signal could …

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Whittlesey & District Business Forum lunch

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It was great to see so many in attendance at the Whittlesey & District Business Forum lunch at Whittlesey Conservative Club. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to all the business forum members over a pint (of orange juice!) especially about the exciting possibilities the new social mobility “opportunity area” award and the subsequent extra £6 million …

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Attending March and Chatteris NFU AGM

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Fenland is a key player in the UK’s agricultural industry and last Friday NFU President Meurig Raymond attended the March and Chatteris NFU AGM. It was a pleasure to meet Mr Raymond and to catch up with our local farmers over breakfast at Skylark Garden Centre. I will continue to work with the NFU and …

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